Times Square is about to receive New York City’s first green-powered electronic billboard. Tokyo-based Ricoh Company, Ltd. will install a 47 by 126 foot sign on the Reuters Building (3 Times Square, at the northwestern corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue) that will draw power from 45 solar panels and 4 wind turbines. In what should be an interesting twist, if the photovoltaics do not receive sufficient sunlight or winds are not strong enough to drive the turbines, the sign will simply not illuminate. According to Ricoh, the installation should account for a reduction of 18 tons in carbon dioxide per year.
SOURCE: greenbuildingsNYC: New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog.
An all-star group of international architects bidding for the chance to design a new urban center for the South Korean capital said Tuesday the vast site offered a rare chance to create a model for 21st century cities.
Five top architecture firms behind many of the world’s recent iconic structures are being given US$1 million each to propose a master plan for the 28 trillion won (US$27 billion) Yongsan business district.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Star architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city
The Age newspaper has reported that
Architect and RMIT alumnus Sean Godsell unveiled his plan for the Design Hub to BusinessDay yesterday, an innovative, landmark building for the city that has a “second skin” enveloping an eight-level tower.
The building will be on the corner of Swanston and Victoria streets, at the former CUB site. Mr Godsell has incorporated 16,000 glass-capped cylinders to mesh together a technologyheavy hide that adapts according to movement of the sun, rain and clouds.
Students and staff inside the building – which will include fashion and textile designers, industrial designers and landscape architects – as well as passers-by out on the street, will be treated to a stunning light show.
Read more @ the SOURCE: TheAge.com.au
According to some doomsday scenarios, spiking gas prices could turn the cul-de-sacs and two-car garages that surround North America’s cities – built over the past 60 years and designed for the convenience of people with cars – into tomorrow’s slums.
The predictions for the most part come from subscribers to the theory of “peak oil,” which holds that crude prices will shoot permanently upward as global demand outstrips dwindling supply, ruining the economy. But their predictions are getting a second look now, as suburbanites, especially in the United States, grumble at the rising price of a fill-up.
Read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums?.
This site in Sandao, Hainan province, has been recreated in the virtual online world of Second Life where the public will design an “Eco-friendly Community” that will later be built on the actual site.
When David Greenberg stumbled across a cluster of tree houses while trekking the jungles of Maui, he felt a sudden and mighty urge to rebel.
“That was the moment I knew I wouldn’t be an urban designer,” he says. The California native with a disdain for convention and an admiration of nature would instead reinvent himself as an “anti-architect” and “anti-designer”.
“Just like the architects went into the rundown parts of the cities in the US during the 1960s to remodel and revive, the landscape architects must go to China’s rural areas and do much the same thing,” he says. For that reason, he says: “I’m so lucky and so happy to be working for my last few years in China.”
SOURCE: Chinadaily – A mastermind of green design.